Tuesday, August 26, 2014

1st Anniversary Weekend

We just celebrated our very first of many, many anniversaries! What a weekend it was, not really how we imagined it, but it came and went nonetheless. 

We started Saturday off and running. Jesse took apart the dishwasher to see why it hasn't been cleaning our dishes and the heating element is fried. So, it looks like we are hand washing until the part comes in. We left to go to the zoo that morning and got ourselves a membership. We look forward to going more before and after baby comes along so we are excited to have the pass now. However, this particular day at the zoo was super hot and it was SO packed. Before we left, we had to visit the gift shop. I got a purple scarf and future baby got an elephant board book.

We left the zoo and went to Tuesday Morning because I had my $50 gift certificate that I won! We got things we needed/wanted for the house. Then we went home, ate some delicious anniversary cake, and watched a movie! Sounds like our kind of night! ;)

Sunday morning (our actual anniversary) we worked on the house - cleaning all of those dishes by hand. By early afternoon the plumbing got backed out in our house, getting into the shower, and we didn't get it fixed until about 6:30pm. What a nightmare that was... Happy anniversary, how about do some house work and have things in your house breakdown on you! Oh well, everyday is a day to show our love to each other. I'm not too upset about the events on Sunday.

Anniversary gifts! We have a budget for gift giving, but we must give each other 1 gift that follows the traditional anniversary.

Jesse got: 

  1. A Keurig machine, two books
  2. A Tapas cookbook 
  3.  "My dad is fantastic" kid's book! :) 
  4. For his traditional gift, I gave him a big nice journal for us to write in through the years - letters, updates, etc.

Ashley got: 

  1. A teapot set that included a teapot, cream and sugar pieces. It is from the Royal Albert collection Old County Roses.
  2. A pinafore apron.
  3. A passport book to the National Parks. We can get a stamp when we go to each one. This gift will be so cool to collect as many stamps as we can through the years.
  4. A beautiful handwritten letter - my traditional paper gift.

In other news, I am reading a gardening book and I plan to have my first real garden next year. I am going to start planning for it now - what do I want in the garden, where will it be located, and I will make a timeline of when to plant seeds, go outdoors, etc... I know I will have little one so I need to take that into account on how much I can really do. Yes, I am planning so far in advance, but that's me! :)

Saturday, August 23, 2014

16 Weeks

How many weeks?: 16 Weeks

How big is baby?: Avocado - 4.6 inches & 3.5 ounces.

Gender: Unknown! 

Weight Gain: I have gained 4.2 pounds total. 

Maternity Clothes: I am still in summer dresses for work and I haven't needed maternity clothing.

Nursery: It will be elephant themed (my favorite animal) with grey and white colors. We won't start the nursery until we move... whenever that happens.

Symptoms: I was super excited on Thursday that it had gone a whole week since I got sick. I came home, was super hungry and made dinner. Minutes after I ate it came back up. I was really thinking the morning sickness was going away. I still get very lightheaded every morning and I have to lay down for a few minutes after my shower. I am not sure why, but it always seems to happen. Also, my stomach area is getting pretty hard and it's really turning into a nice bump!

Cravings: McDonald's french fries still! 

Sleep: I've been sleeping pretty good with all of my pillows. I only wake up once a night to pee.

What I Miss: I was thinking about this coming winter and how Jesse and I talked about skiing. That won't be happening. Oh well.

Best Moment This Week: Our first anniversary!!

What am I looking forward to?: Finding out the baby's gender next month!

Next Appointment: This Friday, August 29th for a routine monthly appointment. Before my appointment I have to stop at another office to do the 2nd trimester blood work for genetic testing.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

No Approval Yet

We are still waiting on our short sale house. We signed a 2 week extension 2 weeks ago. We will now have to sign one last extension since they couldn't get it approved in time. Our real estate agent, Jeanne aka "mother-in-law" ha, will ask how much time the bank needs, and we will do the extension for exactly that long, no more. Last thing we heard is there was one more task to complete on Monday and today we had to send another document in that they were missing. We also heard they accepted our offer price - so that is good news! Hoping this gets approved soon as we are all frustrated with this transaction, from us to Jeanne to the seller's agent.

I will surely update the blog once we have an official answer, but until then, we are all just sitting around waiting to find out.

Monday, August 18, 2014

15 Weeks

15 weeks & 3 days 
How many weeks?: 15 Weeks

How big is baby?: Navel Orange - 4 inches & 2.5 ounces.

Gender: Unknown! 

Weight Gain: I have gained 4.8 pounds. 

Maternity Clothes: I don't have to wear any yet! I am still in summer dresses for work.

Nursery: It will be elephant themed (my favorite animal) with grey and white colors. We won't start the nursery until we move.

Symptoms: I am still getting sick here and there, but nothing too bad. 

Cravings: McDonald's french fries! Mmmm! Wait, am I having a boy?!

Sleep: Sleep is still normal. I wake up to pee nightly and use 4 pillows to sleep

What I Miss: Not being able to go on rides as the Puyallup fair is coming next month.

Best Moment This Week: I had a ton of energy the past week/weekend and the house house is clean! It's beautiful! I even had enough energy to make breakfast both weekend days, and then make homemade cinnamon rolls on Sunday! I'm on a roll...

What am I looking forward to?: Finding out the baby's gender next month!

Next Appointment: August 29th for a routine monthly appointment. 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Weddings, Travel, and the ER

This last week was a good weekend. We spent Saturday hanging out around the house, cleaning, and just diddling along. My mom had tree saplings as party favors so I planted those in little pots for now. 

On Sunday we went to our friends' Jonah & Sera's wedding. Jesse was the photographer so he was busy, but I was able to hang out with our friends. That was great because this summer we have been so busy and haven't seen them much. It was a nice wedding right on American Lake. 

Monday I found out I won a drawing from the blogger I just love to follow at the Crafty Gemini. It was for a $50 gift card to Tuesday Morning! I'm so excited! I don't know what I'll get since the store has so many fun things, but I'm sure I'll manage! :)

Monday was also the morning that Jesse left for Washington DC. He has safety training for new new position. 

Tuesday afternoon I felt pains on my left side wrapping around from my stomach to my back and also had cramping. It actually really hurt so I eventually ended up going to the ER. After hours of waiting I found out it was just my left ovarian cyst was shrinking (which causes pain) and then the uterus expanding into it. Everything is fine and I am feeling better. It was scary because you have no idea what it could be, and now I am taking care of another life so I have a responsibility to make sure everything is okay. Now I know what that pain feels like and hopefully I won't need to go to the ER again. I don't want to go there unless it's absolutely necessary.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

14 Weeks

14 weeks & 2 days

4 weeks verses 14 weeks!
How many weeks?: 14 Weeks

How big is baby?: Lemon - 3.4 inches & 1.5 ounces.

Gender: Unknown! 

Weight Gain: I have gained 3.4 pounds. 

Maternity Clothes: None yet, but the black work shorts I bought earlier this summer in the looser size have grown very tight. I had to keep them below my stomach or it dug in too much.

Nursery: It will be elephant themed (my favorite animal) with grey and white colors. We won't start the nursery until we move.

Symptoms: I am still getting sick every few days. Some days it's after I eat or somedays it's the first thing I have to do in the morning. I imagine it's going to continue throughout the pregnancy. I've also been super emotional - crying at a lot of things: my car in a parking stall got stuck on a curb trying to back out, Jesse taking too long to get to breakfast and I thought it got cold, and I'm sure there is more...

Cravings: Nothing much as of right now.

Sleep: Sleep is still normal. I wake up to pee and use 4 pillows.

What I Miss: Not much right now.

Best Moment This Week: I finally hit the second trimester!! :)

What am I looking forward to?: Finding out the baby's gender next month!

Next Appointment: August 29th for a routine monthly appointment. 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

13 Weeks

Baby at 12 weeks & 6 days!

13 weeks & 5 days

How many weeks?: 13 Weeks

How big is baby?: Peach

Gender: Unknown! 

Weight Gain: I finally weighted myself before eating breakfast! I haven't been able to do that since before my pregnancy as I feel way too sick. I gained 3.0 pounds!

Maternity Clothes: Still getting tempted by Zuliliy with their new daily clothes, but I haven't bought any more. I am also still not wearing any maternity clothing either.

Nursery: It will be elephant themed (my favorite animal) with grey and white colors. We won't start the nursery until we move.

Symptoms: My tummy still gets upset from time to time, but I am starting to feel better all the time (even the mornings)! Pregnancy brain is a real thing people!

Cravings: Still craving cold foods since it's so dang hot and I always feel hot.

Sleep: Jesse bought me a pregnancy a few weeks ago that I haven't really needed yet. But now my back has been hurting and I need the support while I am sleeping. Jesse calls my side of the bed Mount Ashley because of all the pillows/comforter that pile up so high. :)

What I Miss: Eating cold roast beef from the deli. :(

Best Moment This Week: I got to see the baby this last week!!

What am I looking forward to?: Finding out the baby's gender next month!

Next Appointment: August 29th for a routine monthly appointment. Almost seems like a waste of time because my commute there and back is probably 3 hours for a 15 minute appointment. Got to love Seattle traffic...

Monday, August 4, 2014

Mom's Wedding Weekend

Jesse and I at Packwood

Is that a baby bump?!
We went to my mom's wedding last weekend in Packwood! It was a very warm and sunny weekend. We arrived super late on Friday evening as Jesse had to photograph a wedding in Graham. I went with him and it was nice to have some time to read in his truck as there was no cell service. We got to Packwood around midnight and basically just went to bed.

Saturday we got ready, people put out decorations, and then more getting ready. Wedding was at 3pm and it was right on the river. It was lovely. After the wedding we ate, hung out, had cake and a toast, and relaxed. Everyone had a wonderful time.

The next morning we all cleaned and packed up. On the way out of town Jesse and I stopped at an antique shop to further our quest of getting a cup/saucer on our little travels, as well as look for the older cast iron. They had a few cast iron skillets, and I picked out a nice looking Wagner. I've been on a quest for the glass like bottom that the Wagner/Griswold pans have. Jesse also found the only bone china cup/saucer in the store and we bought it! I've been slowly trying to build a tea set for 8. Now I have a set of 4 cup and saucers and one 3-tier serving platters. I am well on my way!